pico interactive instruction manual

unboxing
setup
first
rinse
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
serving
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Produced by:
PicoBrew Inc.
2121 N 35th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
www.picobrew.com
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important
safety
information
•
Exercise common sense while operating the Pico.
•
Always use the keg cozy to shield the hot metal of the keg.
•
Close supervision is needed when used around children.
•
Allow machine to fully cool before removing or replacing parts.
•
Do not operate with a frayed cord or broken plug.
•
Do not remove Step Filter from the Pico unless in pause
mode or brew cycle is completed.
•
The Step Filter and contents may be hot when
removing from the machine.
•
Do not immerse or soak the machine.
•
Make sure all hoses are connected properly
before starting a brewing, rinse, or cleaning cycle.
•
To avoid risk of electrical shock hazard do not disassemble
the Pico. There are no user serviceable parts inside.
•
Various surfaces can get extremely hot during the
brewing cycle, use caution when handling the keg,
hoses and components.
•
Do not remove the hose clamps, hot liquid spray may result.
•
Do not remove the keg attachments while brewing.
•
The product is intended for household use only.
•
The appliance is not to be used, or played with, by children.
•
The appliance is not be to be used by persons with reduced
physical, sensory or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and
knowledge, unless they have been given supervision or instruction.
•
If the power supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced by the
manufacturer, its service agent or similarly qualified person in
order to avoid a hazard.
•
Per FCC 15.19(a)(3) and (a)(4) This device complies with Part 15 of
the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device
must accept any interference received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
•
Per FCC 15.21 Change or Modifications that are not expressly
approved by the manufacturer could void the user’s authority to
operate the equipment.
•
Per RSS-Gen, Section 8.4 This device complies with Industry Canada
license-exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is subject to the following
two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this
device must accept any interference, including interference that may
cause undesired operation of the device.
•
Par RSS-Gen, Section 8.4 Cet appareil est conforme à Industrie
Canada exempts de licence standard(s) RSS. Le fonctionnement est
soumis aux deux conditions suivantes: (1) ce dispositif ne peut pas
provoquer d'interférences et (2) cet appareil doit accepter toute
interférence, y compris les interférences qui peuvent causer un
mauvais fonctionnement de l'appareil.
table of
contents
introduction
₈
unboxing
₁₀
setup
₂₁
First rinse
₂₉
let's brew
₃₉
after brewing
₅₁
fermentation
₆₁
dry hopping
₇₇
rack & carbonate
₈₃
serving
₁₀₉
usage & care
₁₁₇
sous vide adapter instructions
₁₆₃
glossary
₁₇₉
welcome
to the
easiest
countertop
brewing
appliance,
ever.
seriously.
it's really
easy to use.
8
this is your new
best friend.
(it makes beer)
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unboxing
BOX 1
APPLIANCE BOX
(RETAIN FOR WARRANTY PURPOSES)
BOX 2
BOX 4
BOX 5
PICO
BREWING KEG
DISPENSING
BUNG PLUG
STEP FILTER LID
Note: Some international units may have the Plug Adapter
located inside the main shipper box instead of attached to
the Pico unit itself.
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LAGERS
usage &
care
CARBONATION
ADAPTER
Inside your Pico system box you will find 5 smaller boxes:
- Pico Appliance
- Accessories
- 1 PicoPak
- 1 Serving Keg
- 1 Brewing Keg
serving
RED FAST FERMENTATION
ADAPTER
STEP FILTER
rack &
carbonate
METAL KEG LID
(ATTACHED TO KEG)
SERVING KEG
dry
hopping
PICOPAK
You are about to experience the joy of homebrewing using
Pico, the most advanced homebrewing appliance in the
world! We know you’re eager to get started so let’s make
sure you have everything to brew and that each item
arrived in perfect condition.
ferment
your beer
SERVING KEG BOX
BOX 6
congratulations!
after
brewing
BREWING KEG BOX
let's
brew
PICOPAK BOX
pico
unboxing
guide
first
rinse
PICO SYSTEM BOX
BOX 3
setup
ACCESSORIES BOX
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glossary
FERMENTATION
TEMP DECAL
unboxing
box ₃
To clean your Brewing Keg and Serving Keg.
For transferring your beer from
Brewing to Serving Keg.
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(i) co2 cartridges (₅)
setup
(h) keg brush
(a) racking tube
Used with the CO2 regulator.
(b) keg cozy
after
brewing
To keep your keg warm during brewing.
(j) airlock
For your Brewing Keg during Standard
Attaches to the Racking Tube
and Ball Lock Connector hoses
for the Rinse cycle and cleaning.
(k) hops pak cradle
(f) co2 regulator
(m) sous vide adapter
Used in Step Filter for sous vide.
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To force carbonate your beer.
This is not used if you are Keg Conditioning.
Used when Deep Cleaning to thoroughly
clean your Pico after every 3 brew sessions.
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Fits in Keg Seal vent hole, used only
after brewing cycle is completed
(l) cleaning tab
CLEANING
TAB
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(g) dip tube brush
To clean your Brewing Keg Dip Tubes
and Keg Posts.
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carbonate
Used on Brewing Keg while brewing and
during Standard Fermentation.
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hopping
The cradle for your Hops Pak,
used during the brewing cycle.
(d) keg seal
(e) keg seal stopper
ferment
your beer
Fermentation.
(c) black keg wands (₂)
let's
brew
This is not used if your are Keg
Conditioning. Some addresses do not allow
compressed air deliveries.
box ₄
Grain and water amendments
for your mash.
*Hops for the boil cycle.
Used on the Serving Keg during serving
or if doing Keg Conditioning.
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(o) hops pak
(t) dispensing bung plug
setup
(n) grain pak
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box ₅
(u) carbonation adapter
(p) yeast packet
(v) serving keg
after
brewing
Dry yeast for fermentation.
For serving your beer.
ferment
your beer
(q) picopak keg label
Stick to Serving Keg to brand
finished beer.
To Keg Condition, Naturally Carbonate,
your beer. This is not used if you Force
Carbonate.
* the hops pak arrives vacuum-sealed
to ensure freshness. if you won't start brewing today, keep the hops
pak and dry hops sachet in your
refrigerator for best results.
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(s) dry hop sachet
rack &
carbonate
HOPS
(r) carbonation sugar packet
dry
hopping
SUGAR
let's
brew
For your Serving Keg during Forced
Carbonation. Not used if Keg Conditioning .
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care
*If included, found inside Yeast Box in
PicoPaks that have an additional dry
hopping step. Store in your refrigerator.
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unboxing
box ₆
setup
(w) brewing keg
For brewing and fermenting your beer.
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(x) metal keg lid
let's
brew
Attach to Brewing Keg.
after
brewing
(y) red fast fermentation adapter
ferment
your beer
For your Brewing Keg during Fast
Fermentation.
(z) fermentation temp decal
dry
hopping
(1) Ale decal. Attach to Brewing Keg to
monitor fermentation temperature. Can
be re-used for 3 batches.
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carbonate
serving
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care
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unboxing
double
check
your
supplies
and
inventory.
setup
first
rinse
let's
brew
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
If any boxes look damaged or parts appear to be missing,
please contact us immediately anytime via email at
support@picobrew.com. We’re here for you and want
you to have a great Pico brewing experience!
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hopping
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•
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•
usage &
care
•
•
•
Wi-Fi connection (used in: Setup, Let's Brew)
Access to an internet browser
3 gallons of distilled or reversed osmosis filtered
water (used in: First Rinse, Let’s Brew)
Access to clean tap water
Sterile water or vodka (used in: Ferment)
1.5 cups of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (used in:
Rack & Carbonate)
Large bowl, bucket, or other waste container (used in:
After Brewing, Rack & Carbonate)
Fragrance-free powdered dishwashing detergent
(used in: Usage & Care)
serving
•
•
•
rack &
carbonate
you will need:
unboxing
first
rinse
let's
brew
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
serving
usage &
care
sous vide
estimated time:
5 minutes
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setup
pico
setup
setup
₂
Plug the power cord into a standard grounded household
outlet. Press the power button to turn on your Pico.
unboxing
₁
Remove the red packing tape and gray protective film
from your Pico.
first
rinse
let's
brew
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
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hopping
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carbonate
serving
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care
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Once connected, note the registration code
displayed on screen.
setup
₄
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₃
Connect to your home WiFi network by selecting it
with the Control Knob, then enter your WiFi password.
Once you enter your password, select the OK icon.
first
rinse
Go to: www.picobrew.com/newpico Sign in to
your account or create an account if you do not
already have one, and enter the registration code
displayed on your Pico.
let's
brew
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
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hopping
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carbonate
serving
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care
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unboxing
setup
now it's
time to
give your
pico the
first
rinse.
after that
you are
ready to
brew!
first
rinse
let's
brew
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
serving
usage &
care
proceed to next section: first rinse
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setup
first
rinse
first
rinse
let's
brew
estimated time:
10 minutes
after
brewing
0.5 gallon distilled water (or reverse osmosis)
Keg Seal
Brewing Keg
Keg Wand
dry
hopping
•
•
•
•
ferment
your beer
you will need:
rack &
carbonate
serving
usage &
care
ian's
pro tip:
Clean equipment is critical
to crafting great beer.
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This first rinse ensures you
start brewing with a sparkling
clean Pico and accessories.
first
rinse
Note: Do NOT use tap water inside the Pico Water
Reservoir, only use distilled water. Tap or distilled
water is fine inside the Brewing Keg.
let's
brew
after
brewing
Note: Make sure that when you remove the metal lid
from your keg that the white O-ring is not left behind
on the inside lip of the keg opening.
Check that the Water Reservoir stopper is in place.
This is located in the Water Reservoir in the center
back area. Add 0.5 gallon (or 8 cups) of distilled
water to the Water Reservoir. Add about 2” of clean
tap water to the Brewing Keg. Place black Keg Seal
over the opening of Brewing Keg and press into the
center of it until it pops into place.
setup
Set the Keg Seal Stopper aside, this will not be needed
until after the brew session is finished.
₂
unboxing
₁
After connecting up your Pico to the internet, rinse
the Brewing Keg, Keg Seal, Step Filter, and lid with tap
water. The Step Filter is located in the front of your
Pico. To remove it lift it up and slide it out. After rinsing
the Step Filter and lid slide them back into the Pico
until the Step Filter clicks into place.
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
WATER
RESERVOIR
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carbonate
serving
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care
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setup
₄
Use the Control Knob to select Utilities. Press Control
Knob to select First Rinse. After approximately 5
minutes the Pico First Rinse Cycle will complete.
unboxing
₃
first
rinse
Locate the post on the Brewing Keg marked “OUT” –
locate the BLACK Ball Lock Connector on the end of the
hose. Pull up on the outer plastic ring of the BLACK Ball
Lock Connector, place the Connector on the OUT keg
post, release outer plastic ring and press down firmly on
Ball Lock Connector. Press down on the Connector until it
audibly clicks into place. Repeat this procedure with the
GRAY Ball Lock Connector on the keg post marked “IN”.
let's
brew
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
FIRST RINSE
dry
hopping
OUT
IN
rack &
carbonate
CLICK
serving
CLICK
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care
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Connect a clean Keg Wand to the BLACK Ball Lock
Connector by pulling up on the outer ring of the
Connector and inserting Keg Wand, release outer ring
and make sure it is securely connected to Connector.
Press Control Knob to begin pumping water out of
Water Reservoir and into the Step Filter.
Follow on-screen instructions and press Control
Knob between steps. Press Control Knob when
the Water Reservoir is empty.
setup
₆
unboxing
₅
first
rinse
There will be approximately 1-2 inches of water in your
Brewing Keg and the same amount in the Step Filter.
The Water Reservoir will still contain almost all of the
water you put in originally. Disconnect the Ball Lock
Connectors from Brewing Keg by pulling up on the outer
plastic rings and lifting up off of Brewing Keg posts.
let's
brew
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
OUT
IN
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hopping
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carbonate
serving
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care
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Empty your Brewing Keg and Step Filter. Rinse
Brewing Keg, Step Filter, Keg Seal, and Keg Wand.
setup
₈
unboxing
₇
You are now ready to begin your first
Pico brew session!
first
rinse
The Inline Filter is a black plastic cylinder in the middle
of the Black Ball Lock Connector hose . Unscrew and
remove the Inline Filter cap. Remove the blue Inline
Filter wire mesh insert and rinse it thoroughly using
tap water. Place the Inline Filter mesh insert back into
the Inline Filter and screw the filter cap back on, finger
tight. This step should be performed after every Rinse
Cycle to ensure cleanliness and longevity of your Pico.
let's
brew
If you experience any problems during
your First Rinse, brewing session, or any
other step of the process please contact
us immediately at support@picobrew.com.
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
serving
usage &
care
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unboxing
setup
let's
brew
first
rinse
let's
brew
estimated time:
hands on 10 minutes
after
brewing
(total time: ₂.₅ hours)
ferment
your beer
you will need:
PicoPak
2.5 gallons distilled water (or reverse osmosis)
Hops Cradle
Racking Tube (optional)
Brewing Keg
Black Keg Seal
Keg Cozy
dry
hopping
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carbonate
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
serving
usage &
care
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Unwrap and set the Grain Pak in the front
of the Pico Step Filter, with the beer design
facing the front. Place Hops Pak and Cradle
in the rear of the Step Filter, pushed all the
way to the left.
setup
2a
unboxing
₁
Remove the vacuum-sealed wrapping and insert the
Pico Hops Pak all the way into the metal Hops Pak
Cradle. The fingers of the Cradle fit in the grooves
of the Hops Pak.
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rinse
let's
brew
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
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carbonate
serving
usage &
care
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Open the top of the clean Brewing Keg and set
the plastic Racking Tube in the keg center to use
as a water level gauge. Add distilled water until it
reaches the spot on the Racking Tube where the
hose attaches. (Alternatively, you can measure out
1 gallon plus 6 cups or 11.6 lbs of distilled water.)
Remove the Racking Tube and set it aside to dry,
you will not use the Racking Tube again during the
brewing session. Set the rubber Keg Seal on the keg
opening and press seal into the center of the keg
until it pops into place, sealing the keg.
setup
first
rinse
let's
brew
after
brewing
STEAM
DEFLECTOR
FACING UP
₃
unboxing
₂b
Cover the Step Filter with the lid, with the black
Steam Deflector in the front and facing up.
When putting the Step Filter lid on make sure
all lid holes match up to all Hops Pak holes.
ferment
your beer
ADD WATER
TO THIS
LEVEL
dry
hopping
serving
Save the water jug!
It's opening is the perfect
size for Ball Lock Connectors
and makes a great waste
container for After Brewing.
rack &
carbonate
bill's
pro tip:
usage &
care
sous vide
DISTILLED WATER
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Remove the Water Reservoir lid from the top
of the Pico. Look inside and check to make sure
the black rubber Drain Plug is secured inside the
reservoir drain located in the center of the back of
the reservoir. Fill the reservoir with approximately
one gallon of distilled water. Replace the Water
Reservoir lid.
setup
₅
unboxing
₄
first
rinse
let's
brew
Slide the Keg Cozy over the Brewing Keg. Attach the
Pico hose with the Black Ball Lock Connector to the post
on the Brewing Keg marked “OUT”. Pull up on the outer
plastic ring of the BLACK Ball Lock Connector, place the
Connector on the OUT keg post, release outer plastic
ring and press down firmly on Ball Lock Connector.
Continue to press down on the Connector until it audibly
clicks into place. Repeat this procedure with the GRAY
Ball Lock Connector and the keg post marked “IN”.
after
brewing
Note: Do not use the Metal Keg Lid while brewing, only
use the rubber Keg Seal. Make sure the white stopper is
not inserted in the Keg Seal center hole while brewing.
ONE GALLON
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
OUT
IN
CLICK
serving
CLICK
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care
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first
rinse
Note: This option is only available for select
PicoPaks at this time.
let's
brew
POWER
You can optionally change a beer's alcohol
percentage and bitterness from the PicoPak
defaults. To do so, turn Control Knob to the right
when screen says “Start Brewing”. This will give you
the ability to adjust the alcohol and bitterness. Once
finished, you can select Start Brewing by pressing
the Control Knob and your brew session will begin.
setup
CONTROL KNOB
₇
unboxing
₆
Press the Power Button on the front of the Pico. The
display will illuminate. Select Brew PicoPak and press
the Control Knob. The Pico will automatically detect
and display the PicoPak.
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
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carbonate
serving
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care
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46
•
Pico heats the water using steam, and occasional
hissing or growling noises are normal. Don't worry,
Pico is not upset, only heating!
serving
usage &
care
proceed to next section:
after brewing
rack &
carbonate
It is normal for only a small amount of liquid to
show in the bottom of the Step Filter during
brewing.
dry
hopping
•
ferment
your beer
During brew session some foam on the Keg Seal is
normal, particularly during a drain cycle. You can
wipe it off with a clean damp paper towel.
after
brewing
•
let's
brew
You can track the progress by signing in at
www.PicoBrew.com and clicking on BrewHouse.
first
rinse
•
setup
Notes:
congrats!
you can
now
sit back,
relax
and
enjoy
your
first
brew
cycle.
unboxing
₈
Pico will begin brewing and complete in approximately
2-3 hours, depending on the beer recipe and any
adjustments you might have made. You do not need to
monitor the Pico during the brew session.
good job.
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unboxing
setup
after
brewing
first
rinse
let's
brew
estimated time:
hands on ₉ minutes
after
brewing
(total time: 2缾 hrs)
ferment
your beer
you will need:
Keg Seal Stopper
Keg Wands
Waste container
(needs to hold approximately one gallon of liquid)
dry
hopping
•
•
•
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carbonate
serving
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care
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first
rinse
Now remove the Step Filter from the Pico and
dump the biodegradable PicoPak into a compost
bin. Remember to keep the Metal Hops Cradle and
set it aside for future brewing sessions.
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brew
after
brewing
Note: The Brewing Keg will be very HOT so please
be careful and only touch the keg’s black rubber
handles.
Set the Brewing Keg aside to cool overnight to room
temperature. It is normal for the Keg Seal to suction
slightly into the Brewing Keg as it cools, don't
worry it will not be pulled all the way inside. You will
need to pitch the yeast within 24 hours after brew
session is completed.
setup
Wipe away any foam off the Keg Seal using a damp
paper towel. Insert the Keg Seal Stopper into the
center hole of the Black Keg Seal so that the keg is
airtight. Remove the Keg Cozy from the Brewing Keg.
₂
unboxing
₁
After brewing finishes, disconnect both of the Ball
Lock Connectors from the Brewing Keg by pulling up
on the outer plastic ring of each Ball Lock Connector
and then pulling the Connector off of the post.
ferment
your beer
annie’s
pro tip:
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
Be carefull!
The Hops Cradle is hot
directly after brewing.
Give it chance to cool
before you touch it.
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serving
PicoPaks fit perfectly
into an 8”x8” square
baking dish. Flip the Step
Filter upside down so
the PicoPak goes into
dish upside down, use
tongs to take the metal
Hops Pak Cradle out to
reuse for future brewing
sessions. Use the dish
to carry the PicoPak to
your compost bin!
first
rinse
For each Ball Lock Connector, pull up on the outer
ring of the Connector and insert a Keg Wand. Release
the ring and make sure it is properly connected to the
Keg Wand.
setup
₄
Direct the end of the GRAY Ball Lock Connector (“IN”)
Keg Wand into a waste container or directly into a
sink nearby. Press the Control Knob to start Rinse
Cycle. Pico will clear the drain line into the waste
container, then prompt you to empty the reservoir.
unboxing
₃
Rinse the Step Filter and lid with clean tap water.
Fill the clean Step Filter with approximately 1 inch
of tap water. Insert the Step Filter and lid back into
the Pico until it clicks.
let's
brew
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
Make sure you use a big
enough waste water container!
The gallon water jug you used
to fill the machine is perfect
for this use.
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usage &
care
tap water
serving
bill’s
pro tip:
first
rinse
jack’s
pro tip:
setup
₆
Unscrew and remove the Inline Filter cap. Remove
the blue filter insert and rinse it thoroughly using tap
water. Place it back in the Inline Filter and screw the
filter cap back on, finger tight.
unboxing
₅
Insert the end of the BLACK Ball Lock Connector
(“OUT”) into the Water Reservoir. Press the Control
Knob to run the pump until the Reservoir has drained.
The water will be deposited into the Step Filter. To stop
the pump press the Control Knob when the Reservoir
is empty. Now press the power button on the Pico to
turn it off.
let's
brew
after
brewing
Cleaning the Inline Filter
after every brew session
is very important and will
lengthen the life of your Pico!
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
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carbonate
serving
usage &
care
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first
rinse
let's
brew
after
brewing
proceed to next section:
fermentation
setup
Note: Do NOT use the Heat Dry or Sanitize
option on your dishwasher. Condensation
or Air Dry options are fine to use.
awesome!
it would
appear
that
your pico
is clean
as a
whistle.
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Remove the Keg Wands from the Ball Lock Connectors
by pulling up on the outer plastic rings. Remove the
Step Filter and lid from the Pico and rinse thoroughly
with tap water, they are both dishwasher safe.
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
a clean machine
means better
brewing.
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care
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glossary
58
unboxing
ferment
your
beer
setup
first
rinse
let's
brew
after
brewing
estimated time:
₆ minutes
Your keg of brewed wort, cooled to room temperature
Fermentation Temperature Decal
Yeast Packet
Clean spoon
dry
hopping
•
•
•
•
ferment
your beer
you will need:
•
•
rack &
carbonate
for fast fermentation:
Metal Keg Lid
Red Fast Fermentation Adapter
serving
for standard fermentation:
Black Keg Seal
Air Lock
Sterile water or vodka
usage &
care
•
•
•
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glossary
60
Remove the black Keg Seal and Stopper from the
Brewing Keg. Stir the wort (unfermented beer)
inside the Brewing Keg with a clean spoon for about
30 seconds, this will help aerate the wort.
setup
Open the provided Yeast Packet and slowly sprinkle
all of the contents into the Brewing Keg. You do not
need to stir the yeast into the wort.
first
rinse
Stick the Fermentation Temperature Decal on the
outside of the cooled Brewing Keg. Do not stick the
Fermentation Temperature Decal on the Brewing Keg
if it is still warm.
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After brewing, allow the Brewing Keg to cool to room
temperature, this may take up to 24 hours depending
on ambient temperature.
let's
brew
after
brewing
Note: Yeast should be pitched within 24 hours of
brewing session.
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
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carbonate
serving
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care
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glossary
62
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
you need your
beer quickly?
who doesn't?
rack &
carbonate
STANDARD FERMENTATION
after
brewing
(See steps 8-11) Confirm that a Keg Seal and Air
Lock are installed on the Brewing Keg. The wort can
properly ferment at any temperature in the Standard
Fermentation range indicated on the Fermentation
Temperature Decal.
let's
brew
for standard fermentation:
first
rinse
(See steps 4-7) Confirm that the Red Fast
Fermentation Adapter is installed in the Metal Keg Lid.
The wort can properly ferment at any temperature in
the Fast Fermentation range indicated on the decal,
however you only speed up fermentation by keeping
the keg temperature at the higher end of the range,
above standard fermentation temperatures.
setup
for fast fermentation
if you
prefer
faster
fermentation
follow
these
simple
steps
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refer to the fermentation
temperature decal:
serving
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care
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FAST FERMENTATION
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64
Insert the Metal Keg Lid into the Brewing Keg,
confirm it is seated correctly and push down on the
locking clamp.
setup
Let the Brewing Keg stand for 3-5 minutes and then
shake it vigorously. Make sure no wort leaks from
the Keg Lid. If you see a leak, unlock the Metal Keg Lid
and ensure it is seated correctly before locking again.
first
rinse
Locate the RED Fast Fermentation adapter (it looks
like the gray one you just removed) and screw it
clockwise all the way into the pressure release hole of
the Metal Keg Lid.
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Locate the Metal Keg Lid and remove the GRAY
Pressure Release Valve from the lid by unscrewing it
counter clockwise.
let's
brew
after
brewing
lindsey’s
pro tip:
ferment
your beer
LOCKING CLAMP
dry
hopping
#ShakeYourKeg
Have a friend record your
amazing #ShakeYourKeg
skills. Upload and share
it with us and other
PicoBrewers!
rack &
carbonate
You can also search that
hashtag to see other Pico
keg shakers.
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care
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66
Read the temperature indicated by your
Fermentation Temperature Decal on the side of
the Brewing Keg and consult the tables below to
see how long Fast Fermentation should take to
complete for your beer recipe.
setup
₇
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₆
first
rinse
beers:
Half Squeezed, Tweaties, Annie's London Pale, Pico Pale
75-84
70-74
65-69
4
4-5
5-6
ferment
your beer
days to fast ferment
after
brewing
keg temperature (f)
let's
brew
Carefully place your Brewing Keg in a temperaturecontrolled area where it will remain at the “Fast
Fermentation” range indicated on the Temperature
Decal on the Brewing Keg. It is normal for the Fast
Fermentation Adapter in the lid to occasionally release
CO2 as it builds up in the keg due to fermentation.
This occasional release may result in some bubbling
of krausen, which is the slightly sticky fermentation
foam, onto the Metal Keg Lid. If any krausen bubbles
out just wipe it off with a damp paper towel.
dry
hopping
beers:
All Others
75-84
70-74
65-69
5
5-6
6-7
serving
days to fast ferment
rack &
carbonate
keg temperature (f)
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care
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glossary
68
sous vide
Note: The day before you rack your beer to the Serving Keg,
move your Brewing Keg into your refrigerator. This will cold
crash the yeast and will also help in racking the beer.
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let's
brew
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
serving
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care
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glossary
71
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70
first
rinse
the chill out route.
setup
if
standard
fermentation
is more
your thing
use the
following
steps.
Fill your Airlock with sterile water (or vodka) to fill
line. The Airlock keeps the Brewing Keg properly
sealed against any wild yeast or bacteria, while still
allowing CO2 to release as the beer ferments.
setup
₉
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₈
Insert the Keg Seal into the top of the Brewing Keg.
Insert the Airlock into the Keg Seal center hole.
first
rinse
will's
pro tip:
let's
brew
after
brewing
Don't force the Airlock too
far into the Keg Seal. Insert
the Airlock up to 1/2 an
inch or until it fits tightly.
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
serving
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care
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glossary
72
first
rinse
let's
brew
kevin's
pro tip:
setup
11
As your beer ferments, CO2 is released through
the Airlock. The bubbling will be vigorous the
first couple of days of fermentation then slow
down. When the bubbling slows significantly or
completely stops that is when fermentation has
neared completion, (on average 10 days.)
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1節
Place your Brewing Keg in a temperaturecontrolled area where it will remain at the
“Standard Fermentation Range Temperature"
indicated on the Temperature Decal on the
Brewing Keg. Fermentation can take anywhere
from a week to several weeks depending on
the beer recipe.
after
brewing
The day before you rack
your beer to the Serving
Keg, move your Brewing
Keg into your refrigerator.
This will cold crash the
yeast and will also help in
racking the beer.
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
serving
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care
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glossary
74
unboxing
setup
dry
hopping
first
rinse
let's
brew
after
brewing
estimated time:
1 minute
ferment
your beer
Your keg of fermenting beer
Dry Hop Sachet
rack &
carbonate
•
•
dry
hopping
this step is optional.
certain beers will come
with a dry hop sachet.
you will need:
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care
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76
After 3 days, remove the Metal Keg Lid or
Black Keg Seal from the Brewing Keg. Remove
the Dry Hop Sachet from your refrigerator
and open the clear vacuum-sealed bag, do
NOT open the paper sachet bags. Place the
paper Dry Hop Sachet bags into the Brewing
Keg with your beer. The paper sachets are
designed to work inside your Brewing Keg
while preventing clogging during the racking
process.
setup
1₃
unboxing
1₂
first
rinse
If your PicoPak contains a Dry Hop Sachet
(packaged inside the same box with the Yeast
Packet) there is an extra step in order to dry
hop your beer to add maximum hop flavor and
aroma. Store the Dry Hop Sachet packet in your
refrigerator while your beer ferments for 3 days.
let's
brew
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
HOPS
dry
hopping
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carbonate
serving
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care
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glossary
78
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setup
1₄
Replace and clamp the Metal Keg Lid or Black
Keg Seal on to the Brewing Keg and confirm it is
seated correctly on Brewing Keg.
first
rinse
Allow your beer to continue to ferment with the
Dry Hops for a minimum of 4 more days, longer
if fermentation is not yet complete.
let's
brew
proceed to next section:
rack & carbonate your beer
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
serving
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care
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glossary
80
unboxing
rack &
carbonate
your
beer
setup
first
rinse
let's
brew
after
brewing
estimated time:
1₅ minutes
•
•
Your keg of completed fermented beer at room
temperature or chilled
1.5 cups of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (or other food
grade sanitizer) and 1.5 cups of clean water
Large Bowl
Waste container
Serving Keg
Racking Tube
Keg Wand
Dispensing Bung Plug
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
serving
•
•
•
•
•
•
ferment
your beer
you will need:
Carbonation adapter
•
CO2 Regulator and Cartridge
sous vide
•
usage &
care
for forced carbonation:
for keg conditioning:
82
Carbonation Sugar Packet
Dispensing Bung
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glossary
•
•
Attach a Keg Wand to the Racking Tube. Soak the
Racking Tube and Keg Wand for 5 minutes in the
large bowl of hydrogen peroxide you set aside
earlier. Rinse the Racking Tube and attached Keg
Wand with clean water.
setup
first
rinse
proceed to next section:
rack the beer
let's
brew
Sanitize the Serving Keg by pouring 1.5 cups of clean
tap water and 1.5 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide.
Close the serving keg with the shipping plug. Shake
the keg and let it sit for 10 minutes, dump the keg
into a large bowl and set aside, then rinse the keg
thoroughly with clean water.
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₁
Remove the white plastic shipping plug from the
center of the Serving Keg Bung Hole.
after
brewing
Note: StarSan (available in home brewing stores)
is an effective alternative to hyrdrogen peroxide.
Follow all manufacturer's instructions. Use caution
while using StarSan and do not soak in solution for
more than 5 minutes.
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
serving
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care
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glossary
84
unboxing
let's
brew
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
serving
usage &
care
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87
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86
first
rinse
step 1: rack the beer
setup
rack &
carbonate
your
beer
Connect sanitized Keg Wand to the GRAY Ball Lock
Connector.
setup
₄
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₃
Remove Brewing Keg from your refrigerator. From the
Pico main menu select Utilities then select Rack Beer
on the Pico display. This will provide
step-by-step instructions on screen.
Direct the GRAY Keg Wand to a waste container.
Press the Control Knob to clear the drain hose.
first
rinse
Press the Control Knob between each step.
CONTROL KNOB
let's
brew
When liquid stops flowing into the waste container
press the Control Knob to stop the pump, this
should take no more than 1 minute.
after
brewing
Remove the Keg Wand from the Ball Lock
Connector.
RACK BEER
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
RACK BEER
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carbonate
serving
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care
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glossary
88
first
rinse
let's
brew
Connect the Racking Tube’s Ball Lock Connector to the
Brewing Keg OUT post.
setup
Connect the GRAY Ball Lock Connector to the Brewing
Keg IN post, this will allow the Pico to pressurize the
Brewing Keg with air.
₆
Direct the Racking Tube to the waste container and
press the Control Knob. The initial beer coming from
the Racking Tube may contain trub (sediment). When
no more trub flows into the waste container press the
Control Knob to stop the drain, this should take no
more than 30 seconds if needed at all, this is only to
clear out any trub.
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₅
Insert Metal Keg Lid onto Brewing Keg, if not already
on. Do NOT use black Keg Seal for the racking process.
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
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carbonate
serving
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care
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glossary
90
When air begins to enter the Racking Tube,
or if the Serving Keg fills to within 1” of the top,*
remove the black Ball Lock Connector from the keg
and then press the Control Knob to turn off the
pump and stop the process.
setup
first
rinse
Once racking is complete it is safe to
remove Racking Tube from Serving Keg .
let's
brew
Do not leave this unattended. You will fill to just under
1” from top of Serving Keg.
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₇
Insert the Racking Tube in the Serving Keg Bung Hole
and press the Control Knob, this will begin to transfer
beer from the Brewing Keg to the Serving Keg. While
the chilled beer in the Brewing Keg transfers into the
room temperature Serving Keg you will begin to see
condensation on the outside of Serving Keg. This will
help you see the liquid level inside the keg.
*DO NOT OVER FILL
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
1”
dry
hopping
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carbonate
serving
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care
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glossary
92
unboxing
first
rinse
let's
brew
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
step 2:
force carbonate
the beer
setup
rack &
carbonate
your
beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
*skip to page 101, steps 1₄-1₆
if keg conditioning.
serving
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care
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glossary
94
first
rinse
Quickly screw a new CO2 Cartridge into the
Regulator. The Cartridge will pierce through
metal and you’ll hear a brief air noise, continue to
turn Cartridge clockwise until you can no longer
turn it.
setup
1節
Turn the CO2 Regulator counter clockwise all the
way to close the Regulator.
unboxing
₉
Remove the white plastic shipping plug from the
center of the Carbonation Adapter. Wipe down rim
of Serving Keg opening, then press the Carbonation
Adapter into the Bung Hole of the Serving Keg until it
pops into place.
let's
brew
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
serving
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care
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glossary
96
Place the Serving Keg with attached CO2
Regulator into your refrigerator to chill and
carbonate for approximately 36 hours.
setup
Clean the Brewing Keg and Racking Tube, see
Usage & Care section on page 114.
first
rinse
Slowly dial the Regulator clockwise to open the
Regulator until it reaches 24 PSI. This is the correct
setting for most beers.
1₂
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11
Insert the barbed regulator connector into the
Carbonation Adapter, it will be a snug fit.
let's
brew
jim’s
protip:
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
Cold is faster!
In case you didn't know
cold liquid diffuses CO2
quicker, so chill out.
dry
hopping
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carbonate
serving
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care
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glossary
98
first
rinse
let's
brew
after
brewing
Note: It is normal after a few hours in the
refrigerator for the pressure displayed on the
gauge to drop from 24 psi to about 12 psi.
setup
Note: If keg was overfilled during the racking process
you may see some leakage from the regulator.
1₄
You can also keep the regulator and cartridge
attached to the Serving Keg for longer term
storage. To do so, after the initial 36-hour
carbonation period adjust the dial on the
regulator from 24 psi to 10-12 psi and maintain at
that pressure. Dial the regulator back to release
excess CO2 before serving then dial it back up to
10-12 psi. This storage method may require more
than one CO2 cartridge.
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1₃
After approximately 36 hours, slowly dial the
regulator counter-clockwise to close it and release
the pressure. Then carefully remove the CO2
Regulator and Carbonation Adapter from the Serving
Keg Bung Hole. Insert the Dispensing Bung Plug into
the Serving Keg Bung Hole Dispose of the used CO2
cartridge properly. Keep the Carbonation Adapter
Bung and Regulator for future brewing sessions.
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
serving
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care
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glossary
100
unboxing
let's
brew
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
*skip to page ₉₃, steps ₉ -1₃
if force carbonating
first
rinse
step ₃:
keg condition the beer
(natural carbonation)
setup
rack &
carbonate
your
beer
serving
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care
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glossary
102
setup
1₅
Press the Dispensing Keg Bung Plug into the
Serving Keg Bung Hole. Swirl the keg so the
Carbonation Sugar and beer are well mixed.
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1₄
After Racking is complete pour all contents from
the Carbonation Sugar packet into the Serving
Keg with your beer.
first
rinse
let's
brew
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
serving
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care
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glossary
104
unboxing
setup
1₆
Set the Serving Keg aside to carbonate in the same
area that you fermented the beer.
first
rinse
Note: The amount of time it takes to carbonate
should be about twice the amount of time it took
for original fermentation. This is based on the
carbonation being done at the same temperature
as the original fermentation.
let's
brew
after
brewing
Once carbonated, chill for a minimum of 12 hours
to allow the carbonation to fully diffuse into the
beer.
ferment
your beer
proceed to next section:
serve your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
serving
usage &
care
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glossary
106
unboxing
setup
serve
your
beer
first
rinse
let's
brew
after
brewing
estimated time:
1 minute
ferment
your beer
you will need:
Your keg of cold, carbonated, delicious beer
Keg Label
Glassware
dry
hopping
•
•
•
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carbonate
serving
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care
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glossary
108
Twist the Serving Keg Spout counter clockwise
to dispense beer from the keg. Twist Serving Keg
Spout clockwise to stop dispensing beer.
setup
₂
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₁
Stick your Keg Label on to the Serving Keg. 
Lift the red tab on the Dispensing Bung and turn it a
quarter turn counter-clockwise to the “1” position,
this will open the vent for serving and release the
carbonation pressure inside
first
rinse
Firmly pull the spout of the Serving Keg outward. 
let's
brew
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
serving
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care
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glossary
110
first
rinse
let's
brew
after
brewing
we're a really
fun crowd.
setup
welcome
to the
homebrew
family
unboxing
₃
When finished serving the beer, close the Dispensing
Bung vent by turning it clockwise to the “0” position
and push the spout back into the keg. Refrigerate the
Serving Keg when not serving from it.
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
serving
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care
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glossary
112
let's
stop
for a
little
reflection.
your
first
of
many
beers.
the Flood
gates are now
open for more
delicious
homebrew
goodness.
cheers
unboxing
setup
usage
& care
first
rinse
let's
brew
after
brewing
estimated time:
20 minutes
ferment
your beer
recommended occurrence:
Wipe down the inside of the Water Reservoir.
•
Clean out the Inline Filter.
•
Inspect gaskets on Inline Filter, ball locks,
Brewing Keg posts.
•
Tighten Inline Filter, ball locks, keg posts.
usage &
care
•
serving
Remove Step Filter from Pico. Wipe down
any condensation that has formed inside Pico
where Step Filter usually sits.
rack &
carbonate
•
dry
hopping
Should be performed after every brewing session,
completed fermentation, or when keg is empty.
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glossary
116
Keg Wands
119
glossary
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118
After a keg has kicked give
the keg a quick rinse with
hot water, put the lid on and
give it a good shake. This will
make clean up easier if you
can’t get to cleaning the keg
right away. Never leave old
beer in the keg to clean later!
usage &
care
•
lindsey’s
pro tip:
serving
•
Keg Brush and Dip Tube Brush
Large-sized container
Fragrance-free powdered dishwasher detergent, or other
homebrewing cleaning agent
Racking Tube
rack &
carbonate
•
•
•
dry
hopping
All accessories used during brewing,fermentation, or
serving (Metal Keg Lid, Black Keg Seal, Fast Fermentation
Adapter, Pressure Relief Valve, Airlock, etc.)
ferment
your beer
•
after
brewing
17mm wrench
Brewing Keg
Serving Keg
let's
brew
•
•
•
first
rinse
you will need:
setup
kegs should be cleaned
every time they are
done being used, after
fermenting or when
keg is emptied.
let's
start
this
adventure
with
our
brewing
keg.
unboxing
keg
cleaning:
setup
₂
Place all accessories used during brewing or fermentation
in to the container to soak. Use Keg Brush to clean all items
inside container, making sure to scrub any surface that may
have had any contact with beer.
unboxing
₁
Fill a large container with ¼ teaspoon fragrance-free
powdered dishwasher detergent and enough hot tap
water to almost fill container.
first
rinse
let's
brew
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
ED
DER NT
P O WT E R G E
DE
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hopping
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carbonate
serving
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care
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glossary
120
setup
₃
unboxing
first
rinse
let's
brew
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
dry
hopping
rack &
carbonate
stop!
before
going
further
remove
your
brewing
keg
posts:
Use a 17mm wrench to remove Keg Posts.
serving
We recommend removing one post at a time
so that there is less confusion and chance of
putting the IN on the OUT post or vice versa
when reassembling. There are subtle notches on
the outside edges of the IN Keg Post Ball Lock in
case you want to remove both posts at one time.
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care
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glossary
122
The IN post is connected to a short tube. Remove
the black O-ring attached to this tube.
setup
₅
unboxing
₄
first
rinse
CAREFUL! There is a metal spring and valve inside
both the IN and OUT post Ball Locks, this is called
the Poppet Valve. It may jump out as soon as the
IN or OUT posts are taken off. Make sure you are
standing over a contained area, not a sink with an
open disposal or drain, nor a patterned carpet.
OUT
let's
brew
IN
after
brewing
OUT
ferment
your beer
IN
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hopping
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carbonate
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care
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glossary
124
Use the Dip Tube Brush to clean the inside of
Keg IN/OUT Posts thoroughly. Place all parts
but the Dip Tube in to container and let soak.
setup
₇
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₆
The OUT post is connected to a long Dip Tube that
reaches the bottom of the keg. Remove the black
O-ring attached to this tube.
first
rinse
let's
brew
after
brewing
ferment
your beer
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126
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IN
setup
₉
first
rinse
Use the Keg Brush to scrub the inside of the
Brewing Keg, making sure to get in contact with all
internal walls and crevices of keg, and the outside of
the keg making sure to get the top opening and any
spot that had contact with beer. Use Dip Tube brush
to clean the Dip Tube.
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Inside the Brewing Keg mix ½ teaspoon powdered
dishwasher detergent with enough hot tap water to
almost fill the keg. Place the Dip Tube in the Brewing
Keg and let soak for 10 minutes, longer if there is
hardened build-up.
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128
setup
11
Reassemble all O-rings to their original part
locations. When reassembling the O-rings make
sure to use either water or a food-grade lubricant
to ease them back into place.
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1節
Rinse the Brewing Keg thoroughly with clean water.
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rinse
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130
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OUT
setup
1₂
Make sure the IN/OUT keg posts are on the
correct sides and are tightened down. Remember,
the tube for the IN post is shorter than the Dip
Tube for the OUT post. The Dip Tube is slightly
angled and the end of it should almost touch the
center of the bottom inside the Brewing Keg.
IN
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132
setup
1₃
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first
rinse
serving
keg
cleaning:
Remove the Dispensing Bung Plug from the
Serving Keg. Rotate vent piece to release
pressure. Insert flat-head screwdriver between
vent piece and rubber stopper. Twist and pry
slightly with screwdriver to pop vent piece out.
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134
setup
1₅
Use the screwdriver to pry out the rubber stopper.
Be careful to not damage it or the Serving Keg.
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1₄
Use the screwdriver to punch the center red
plastic piece down into the Serving Keg.
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136
setup
1₇
Inside the Serving Keg mix ½ teaspoon
powdered dish washing detergent with enough
hot tap water to almost fill the keg. Let it soak
for 10 minutes, longer if there is hardened
build-up.
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1₆
Turn the Serving Keg upside down and shake it
until the center red plastic piece falls out of the
opening. Re-assemble the Dispensing Bung Plug.
The plastic pieces are molded so that they fit into
each other.
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rinse
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brewing
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138
setup
1₉
first
rinse
Place Serving Keg over a waste container or sink.
Pull the spout of Serving Keg outward. Twist the
spout counter clockwise to start dispensing the
cleaning agent water from keg and through the
spout. Let flow into sink or waste container for
approximately 10 seconds. Turn spout clockwise
to stop dispensing water.
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1₈
Use the Keg Brush to scrub the inside of the
Serving Keg, making sure to get in contact with all
internal walls and crevices of keg, and the outside
of the keg making sure to get the top opening
and any spot that had contact with beer. Scrub
Dispensing Plug and rinse with clean water.
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140
remeber:
never
use
any
cleaning
agent
inside
the
pico
unit.
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setup
2節
first
rinse
Dump all water inside Serving Keg, give a quick
rinse with clean water. Turn spout counterclockwise to allow clean water to flow out for
about 5 seconds. Turn clockwise to stop, then
push spout back into keg. Dump all of the water
out of the serving keg. Let air-dry upside down
until dry.
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usage &
care
Powdered detergents
or dry packs should
always be used
in containers
separate from
the Pico, like a bucket
or Brewing Keg.
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setup
pico
deep
clean
first
rinse
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brew
estimated time:
hands on 10 minutes
after
brewing
(total time: 45 minutes)
ferment
your beer
recommended occurrence:
Should be performed every 3 brew sessions.
dry
hopping
you will need:
serving
usage &
care
•
•
•
1 gallon of clean tap water
0.5 gallon of distilled water (or reverse osmosis)
Brewing Keg (if in use you can use a clean container.
See Note below.)
Keg Cozy
Keg Wands
1 solid dishwashing cleaning tablet
(do NOT use liquid or gel pouches or any common
homebrew cleaning agents)
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•
•
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144
setup
₁
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first
rinse
deep
clean
cycle:
Pour 1 gallon of clean tap water into the Brewing
Keg. Slide the Keg Cozy over the Brewing Keg. Drop
the solid cleaning tablet into the Brewing Keg. You
can leave the keg lid or seal off during the Deep
Clean cycle.
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Note: The cleaning tablet should ONLY go in the
Brewing Keg. Never put it or any other cleaning
agent inside the Water Reservoir.
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brewing
CLEA
NING
TAB
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146
setup
₃
Insert the Step Filter with lid into Pico. Turn Pico on. Click
Utilities and select DEEP CLEAN.
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Connect the BLACK Ball Lock Connector to the OUT
post on the Brewing Keg. Repeat procedure with the
GRAY Ball Lock Connector to the IN post.
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IN
after
brewing
OUT
DEEP CLEAN
ferment
your beer
CLICK
DEEP CLEAN
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148
first
rinse
Note: The Brewing Keg will be very HOT after cleaning so
please proceed with caution and only touch the keg’s black
rubber handles.
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₅
Once the Deep Clean cycle begins it will take roughly 35
minutes to complete.
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Pour 0.5 gallon of distilled water into the Water
Reservoir.
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0.5 GALLON
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150
setup
₆
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rinse
cycle:
first
rinse
Once Deep Clean cycle finishes, carefully dump all liquid
from both the Step Filter and the Brewing Keg. Liquid will
be HOT so use caution! Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
Fill the Step Filter with approximately 1 inch of clean tap
water, then insert the Step Filter with lid back into Pico until
it clicks into place.
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152
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tap water
Direct the end of the GRAY Ball Lock Connector (“IN”)
Keg Wand into a waste water container.
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₈
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₇
For each Ball Lock Connector, pull up on the outer ring
of the Connector and insert a Keg Wand, release the
ring and make sure it is properly connected to the
Keg Wand.
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rinse
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brewing
IN
ferment
your beer
OUT
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hopping
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serving
bill’s
pro tip:
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154
sous vide
Make sure you use a big
enough waste water container!
The gallon water jug you used
to fill the machine is perfect
for this use.
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1節
Remove the Water Reservoir lid. Insert the end of
the BLACK Ball Lock Connector (“OUT”) Keg Wand
into the Water Reservoir. Run the pump until the
Reservoir is drained. When the Reservoir is empty
stop the pump by pressing the Control Knob.
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Press Control Knob to start Rinse Cycle and run the
pump to clear the drain line.
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rinse
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brew
CONTROL KNOB
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156
setup
1₂
Unscrew and remove the Inline Filter cap. Remove
the blue Inline Filter cylinder and rinse it thoroughly
using tap water. Put the cleaned cylinder back into
the Inline Filter and screw the Filter cap back on,
finger tight.
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Press the power button on the Pico to turn it off.
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rinse
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POWER
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setup
1₃
Remove the Keg Wands from the Ball Lock
Connectors by pulling up on the outer plastic
rings. Remove the Step Filter and lid from the
Pico and rinse thoroughly with tap water.
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rinse
Note: If your Brewing Keg is already being used,
use a clean container that can hold up to 1.5
gallons and can withstand temperatures up
to 135°F. The container and liquid will be hot,
so please exercise caution while handling. You
will need both Keg Wands, which will need to
be attached to the BLACK and GRAY Ball Lock
Connector hoses and directed into the container.
The Keg Wand attached to the BLACK Ball Lock
Connector will suction water out of the container,
so make sure the end is submerged enough
to suction water. The Keg Wand attached to
the GRAY Ball Lock Connector will recirculate
water into the container, so make sure its end is
directed inside the container.
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temp
1" Thick
1:00
129
136
154
1.5" Thick
1:30
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136
154
2" Thick
2:00
129
136
154
1" Thick
1:30
136
143
158
boneless
chicken breast 0.5 lb
1:30
140
150
165
salmon
1" Thick
0:40
105
123
131
1-2"
1:00
105
123
131
time
soft
med
hard
0:20
167
steak
pork chop
you will need:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Pico, with Step Filter and its lid
Brewing Keg
Keg Cozy
Sous Vide Adapter
1 gallon of Distilled Water
Tap water
1 gallon heavy duty Ziploc® bag or a food vacuum
sealer system
Food to cook
5 quarts of tap water
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temp
dry
hopping
temp
ferment
your beer
time
size
after
brewing
well
Thick
(4)
0:40
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care
0:25
serving
eggs
168
168
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glossary
All temperatures are listed in degrees Fahrenheit.
162
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med
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rare
sous vide
adapter
instructions.
setup
sample
recipes:
₂
Place the black Keg Seal on the top of the Brew
Keg opening, push in the center until it pops into
place. Make sure the hole in the center of the Keg
Seal is open. Pull the Keg Cozy over the Brewing
Keg. Attach the BLACK Ball Lock Connector
hose connector to the Brewing Keg post marked
“OUT”. Repeat the procedure with the GRAY Ball
Lock Connector hose (capitalize) on the brew keg
post marked “IN”.
setup
Note: 5 Quarts = 1.25 Gallons = One Gallon + 4 Cups =
20 Cups = 10.5lbs Water = 4.75 Liters
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₁
Fill the Brewing Keg with 5 quarts of warm tap water.
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IN
OUT
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164
setup
₄
Consult the Sous Vide Recipe Table on page 156 for
the food you are cooking.
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Turn the Pico on. Using the Control Knob scroll to
Sous Vide and press Control Knob to select.
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Set the desired water temperature for cooking by
turning the Control Knob to scroll to the correct
temperature and pressing the Control Knob to
select and continue to the next step.
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Insert the empty Step Filter and lid into the Pico,
press Control Knob to continue to the next step.
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₆
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₅
Enter the cooking time of your recipe in Hours:Minutes
format by turning the Control Knob to scroll to the
correct hour or minute and pressing the Control Knob
to select and continue to the next step.
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168
Begin preparing your food:
Trim and prepare food for cooking. Thicker cuts
of meat or vegetables may require longer cooking
time. Add any spices or aromatic to the food
before sealing the bag(s).
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rinse
Vacuum seal the food or insert into a 1 gallon
heavy duty freezer Ziploc® bag with the air
squeezed out and fully sealed.
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after
brewing
Open the Water Reservoir lid on top of the Pico and fill
the reservoir with 1 gallon of distilled (or RO) water.
Press the Control Knob to begin heating up the water
to the designated cooking temperature. For sous vide
recipes or cooking sessions that go over 3.5 hours you
might need to add more distilled water to the reservoir
during the cooking process, check on it as needed.
₈
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₇
Make sure your keg is properly connected and filled
with 5 quarts of water, press the Control Knob to
continue to the next step.
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your beer
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hopping
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pro tip:
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care
To get most of the air out of a Ziploc
bag seal the bag but leave about 1” of
bag unsealed. Submerge Ziploc® bag of
food in water and as the bag submerges
the water pressure will squeeze the
air out for you. Right before the bag is
fully submerged seal up that last 1” of
the bag and pull out of water. The bag
should be mostly air-tight and ready to
sous vide.
Place food bag(s) in Step Filter. If using a Ziploc®
bag, place bag(s) against the side of the Step Filter
with the top hanging out over the edge of Step
Filter. Once you place the Step Filter lid on it will
clamp the bag(s) into place. Vacuum sealed bags
should sink to bottom. If necessary, place a foodsafe object on top of bag(s) to make sure they will
stay fully submerged in the water during the entire
cooking process.
Place lid on Step Filter, clamping any Ziploc® bags
in place. Make sure the lid holes are in the correct
places (see diagram) and that the black steam
deflector is towards the front and facing upward.
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rinse
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brew
When the water has reached cooking temperature the
Pico will beep. Press the Control Knob to silence the
alarm. Remove the Step Filter and its lid from Pico.
Place the Sous Vide Adapter in the back section of the
Step Filter so the hole on the backside of the Adapter
covers up the drain hole in the back of the Step Filter.
The tapered front of the Adapter should be facing the
front of the Step Filter. Press down so the Adapter is
firmly in place. See below diagram.
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brewing
ferment
your beer
Insert Step Filter with lid into Pico.
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Note: If you do not exit after the cooking is finished
Pico will automatically hold the cooking temperature.
Any food still in the Pico will continue to cook.
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If you plan on searing any food after cooking make sure
to prepare the pan or grill a few minutes before the
Pico is finished cooking your food. A simple way
to sear meat is to use a heavy pan on your stovetop.
Heat the pan on high until hot, add butter/oil and then
sear the meat 1-2 minutes per side until the desired
sear is achieved.
setup
When Pico is finished cooking the screen will say
“Finished” and an alarm will sound for 60 seconds.
You can turn the alarm off by pressing the Control
Knob.
When the sous vide process is finished:
• You can select “Drain” option on-screen and this
will drain water from Step Filter to Brewing Keg,
this step makes it easier to get the Step Filter out
without spilling water. Use tongs to take food out
of Step Filter.
• Or, select “Exit” on-screen and carefully remove
Step Filter from Pico, be cautious as the water
inside will be warm. Use tongs to take food out of
Step Filter.
• Cut open vacuum-sealed bag(s) or open Ziploc®
bag(s). Dispose of bag(s).
• Season food to preference. Sear on hot pan or
grill (optional).
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11
Select “Start Cooking” on-screen by pressing the
Control Knob. This will begin the sous vide cooking
process using the time and temperature you selected.
You will be able to view the temperature and remaining
cooking time on the Pico screen. If at any time you
need to pause the cooking process turn the Control
Knob to reveal the “Pause System” option and press
Control Knob to select and pause cooking. When
ready to resume cooking make sure the Step Filter is
inserted correctly then select “Continue Cooking” onscreen using the Control Knob.
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174
first
rinse
Thoroughly clean and rinse the Step Filter, lid, Brewing
Keg, and black Keg Seal.
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after
brewing
OUT
ferment
your beer
IN
dry
hopping
If you plan on doing another sous vide session right
away you can reuse the distilled water in the Water
Reservoir, check to see if you need to add more. If
you are not going to do another sous vide session
insert an empty Step Filter back into the Pico.
Detach the BLACK Ball Lock Connector hose from
the Brewing Keg. Attach a clean Keg Wand to the
BLACK Ball Lock Connector and direct the wand
into the Water Reservoir. Select “Start Vacuum” to
begin suctioning out the remaining water and press
the Control Knob to stop the vacuum when there
is no more water in the reservoir. Press the power
button to turn Pico off.
Unscrew and remove the Inline Filter cap attached to
the BLACK Ball Lock Connector hose. Remove the blue
filter insert and rinse it thoroughly using tap water.
Place it back in the Inline Filter and screw the filter cap
back on, finger tight.
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1₂
Disconnect both Ball Lock Connector hoses from
Brewing Keg. Dispose of water in both Step Filter
and Brewing Keg.
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glossary
Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood,
shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.
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everything
you need to
impress
your friends
and brew
correctly.
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179
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setup
manual
glossary
Hops are the flower cones of a the hop plant,
used to contribute bitterness, aroma, and
anti-microbial qualities to beer. Commercially
available in pellet, plugs, whole cone, or
extracted forms.
krausen
Thick, moussy foam on the top of fermenting
wort that occurs during the beginning of
fermentation.
A plug inserted into the Bung Hole at the top
of a cask or keg.
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Barley, or other grains, used during the
mash and brewing process. Contributes a
wide range of flavors from uncooked bread
to roasted coffee, depending on its kiln or
roasted level.
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care
malt
A generic term used for beers that are created
using a bottom-fermenting yeast strain at a
lower temperature than ale yeast strains. Also
a term for cold-storing a beer for an extended
amount of time.
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Part of the mash process where grains soak to
activate and distribute temperature-specific
enzymes.
lager
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dough in
hops
Single-celled organisms that reproduce
quickly in specific environments. Integral
to specific beer styles, particularly sours,
and considered an off-flavor and flaw in the
majority of all other beer styles.
Carbon dioxide (CO₂) is a naturally occurring
by-product of fermentation. Keg Conditioning
is natural carbonation created during
fermentation when yeast metabolize sugars.
Forced carbonation is the addition of CO₂ to
the final beer.
The process where yeast break down sugars
into carbon dioxide (CO₂) and alcohol.
dry
hopping
carbonation
fermentation
ferment
your beer
bung
Aromatic flavor compound created by yeast
during fermentation. Esters contribute fruity
aromas to beers.
after
brewing
A generic term used for beers that are created
using a top-fermenting yeast strain at a higher
temperature than lager yeast strains.
esters
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ale
The addition of hops after initial fermentation
to increase hop aroma without increasing hop
bitterness.
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Introducing oxygen into the wort to make sure
yeast can reproduce abundantly.
dry hop
setup
aerate
bacteria
180
A fermentable addition to the mash that
includes sugars, syrups, and unmalted cereal
grains such as corn, rice, oats that provide
extra sugars in the wort.
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yeast
Single-celled fungus that breaks down
sugars in the wort during fermentation
into carbon dioxide, alcohol, and creates
various phenols or esters.
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pitch The process of adding yeast to cooled wort to
Unfermented liquid containing sugars
extracted from the malt grain during the
mash process. Adding yeast to wort starts
the fermentation process which transforms
the wort into beer.
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Chemical compounds derived from yeast
activity during fermentation. Vary from spicy,
peppery, smoky, medicinal, and many more.
wort
0.5 gallon
1.9 liters
1 gallon
3.8 liters
2.5 gallons
9.5 liters
3 gallons
11.4 liters
75-84 F
23.9-28.9 C
70-74 F
21.2-23.3 C
65-69 F
18.3-20.6 C
serving
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care
Yeast that is naturally airborne and
ubiquitous. Typically used in sours or wild ales,
considered an off-flavor in a majority of other
beer styles.
metric
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carbonate
wild yeast
A solid material composed of yeast, proteins,
and hop particles that fall out of solution
during brewing and fermentation
imperial
dry
hopping
trub
Pounds per square inch.
imperial and metric conversion table
ferment
your beer
psi
The act of adding a small amount of sugar
to fermented beer in order to restart
fermentation and create carbonation inside
bottle or keg.
after
brewing
start fermentation.
priming
setup
phenols
The process of steeping milled grains in
hot water in order to activate enzymes and
extract sugars from the malt.
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mash
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182
we
highly
suggest
using the
following
pages to
document
your
brewing
journey.
scribble,
doodle,
record.
it's up
to you.
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